A source close to the 76ers has confirmed a story initially reported by Comcast Sportsnet: Sixers power forward Elton Brand is done for the season.
It is believed that on Monday, Brand, who signed a five-year $80 million contract in July, will have season-ending surgery on his dislocated right shoulder.
Calls to the Sixers went unanswered.
Brand initially injured the shoulder on Dec. 17 against the Milwaukee Bucks. He has played six games since returning, but has struggled, averaging only 5.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 18 minutes a game.
Brand went scoreless and did not play in the second half of Tuesday’s 100-99 loss to the Boston Celtics. In his 8 minutes, 40 seconds of first-half game time, Brand wore a brace on his shoulder for the first time.
Yesterday, Brand had an MRI on his right shoulder.
The Sixers initially announced that the MRI showed the injury was healing as scheduled, but things began looking murky when news surfaced that the MRI was read only by a technician. Brand’s agent, David Falk, also flew into town to discuss the status of his client.
Brand missed almost the entire 2007-08 season with a ruptured Achilles.